Would you buy a used Saw Stop?

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Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust posted 12-16-2010 05:48 AM 23718 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2010 05:48 AM

Like many LJs, I watch my local CraigsList for deals on tools that I’m interested in. Today a SawStop cabinet saw showed up.

It would be a good deal – $2000 (I’m assuming it’s in good condition)

I was talking with the owner of my local Woodcraft recently and I mentioned looking for a used SS. He thought that buying a used SS was not a good idea. I can understand that you are relying on electronics to possibly save your fingers so it would be good to know its history. On the other hand, I’m bit cynical. I like the guy, but I’m thinking, if I buy a new SS, it would most likely be from him, so of course he would encourage me to buy a new one!

I know that the SS has an internal test cycle that it runs through when you start up the saw. Given that, I would think that it would be safe to use if it is passing its own tests.

What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 05:51 AM

I would go and take a look at it. Do some tests on it. I’d say reason he wants you to buy one from his is that he’ll get commission on it. I don’t have a problem buying used as long as it’s in good shape. Some things are better used than new IMHO.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 05:56 AM

If I found one on cragslist I would jump on it.

-- mrg

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 06:03 AM

if nothing else contact SS and ask them if there is anything you should look for

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 06:15 AM

I think you are correct in that the saw does a self test of its on board electronics. I think if it passes it’s own self test and there’s a non triggered cartridge in the saw I would think its fully functional.


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#5 posted 12-16-2010 06:24 AM

I wouldn’t even buy a new one.

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 07:01 AM

If the price is right, I would not hesitate to buy a used SS. My initial reaction is that the $2000 price seems high, but I have not seen the machine. Maybe it’s a perfectly valid price.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 07:47 AM

Ya… I was waiting for the Saw Stop police to come screeching up…


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#8 posted 12-16-2010 07:55 AM

You can always call SawStop directly (1-866-sawstop), talk to a tech and ask what you should be watching for when looking at a used saw, i.e., does it use the blue brake cartridge. They can give you an idea of potential repair costs since you won’t have a warranty.

They are asking about 2/3 the cost of a new 3 HP saw that would come with a warranty (you didn’t say the size). If it had been used in a shop for production work, I’d have to think hard, and really look at the condition. I’ve talked with people that have SawStops in their production shops, and they do fire more because of lack of attention. The most frequent trigger is the worker pulling their tape measure out to check something they just cut while the blade is spinning down and hitting the blade. A production saw could have multiple brake fires, and I don’t know how you would tell how many a saw has seen.

If someone had used it for hobby work, again, looking at condition, but I wouldn’t be as concerned about the use.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 03:25 PM

I third what Bill said.

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 05:55 AM

Calling SawStop is a good idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

To the guys that wouldn’t buy a SS at all, why? Do you find it unnecessary? You don’t trust that it would work? There are better quality machines as alternatives? Other?

I’m just curious.

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#11 posted 12-17-2010 02:53 PM

Obviously, their fingers are made from some new sort of space alloy that isn’t damaged when accidentally making contact with a spinning carbide tipped saw blade..


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#12 posted 12-17-2010 03:10 PM

That’s great Brad! Made my morning!

And for the record, I’d buy a used SS if the price was right.

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#13 posted 12-17-2010 03:33 PM

I would have some serious concerns/questions for YOUR local Woodcraft folks, such as:

1. So, please tell me WHY buying a used SS is such a bad idea? And please be specific…

2. So, you are telling me that your NEW SS (from Woodcraft) will have a POOR re-sale value once I purchase it from you guys?

3. So tell me, just how much can I expect to LOSE in value on a NEW SS purchased from Woodcraft after 1-year, 3-years, 5-years, etc?

FWIW, Woodcraft sells some really good stuff BUT, don’t walk in there with a blind eye to the rest of the woodworking world around you. My WC guys don’t even like me to buy from WC-online because they claim to miss out on the commission. They want me to “back-order” from them and have me wait for over a month at a time for delivery so “they” can save on shipping (“full truck load…”). If I order from WC-online I have it in less than a week AT THE SAME PRICE. I have on two occasions, canceled my “order” after it went OVER the month back-ordered mark and then had to purchase an in-stock item (NOT ideal choice). Just saying…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 12-17-2010 03:37 PM

My question would have to be, why is someone selling their Saw Stop in the first place. Most people sell their equipment for one of two reasons.
One they are getting out of woodworking for health reasons.
Two they are upgrading to a better piece of equipment. Which at this time I don’t see that being the reason being that this is a fairly new saw.
Thats not to say that I wouldn’t buy used equipment, as it comes down to let the buyer beware.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 12-17-2010 06:50 PM

Maybe he’s selling because he needs the money. Lot of people are still pretty broke out here.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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